Passengers killed in Alaska plane crash reportedly from South Carolina

The 9 passengers killed in a plane crash in Alaska on Sunday are believed to be from South Carolina.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (WACH/AP) -- An National Transportation Safety Board investigator says the pilot and all nine passengers died as the aircraft crashed and burst into flames in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The victims have not yet been identified, but KTUU in Anchorage is reporting all 9 passengers are believed to be from South Carolina.

The pilot in Sunday's plane crash at the Soldotna airport also died.

Soldotna police say the names of the 10 people on board the de Havilland DHC3 Otter operated by Rediske Air will not be released until their remains have been positively identified by the state medical examiner's office.

Soldotna Officer Mark Berestoff says the hometowns of those on board are not being released at this time.

Rediske Air spokesman Andy Harcombe says the pilot was Walter Rediske of Nikiski.

Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane.

The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Johnson said initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.

The NTSB identified the aircraft in a release Sunday as a de Havilland Otter Air Taxi.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. NTSB investigator Clint Johnson says weather does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)